UMW Men's Tennis Tops Kalamazoo, 5-2, in NCAA Tournament 2nd Round

The University of Mary Washington men's tennis team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday, defeating Kalamazoo College, 5-2, in second round action in Gambier, Ohio. The Eagles will face host and fourth-ranked Kenyon College on Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to the national quarterfinals in Cary, N.C., on May 22.

The Eagles won two of three doubles matches on Saturday, including an exciting 9-8 (6) win by NCAA Doubles Championship participants Donato Rizzolo and Evan Charles at one. Sophomore Alex Blakhin gave UMW its third point with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win at one, and freshman Evan Charles won, 7-6 (4), 6-3 at three. Junior Will Apperson provided the clinching point at five, winning 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

May 12, 2012 at Gambier, Ohio (Outdoor Courts) 
Singles competition
1. Alex Blakhin (UMW) def. Nate Eddy (KZO-M) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. Alex Dombos (KZO-M) def. Sam Wichlin(UMW) 6-1, 6-2
3. Evan Charles(UMW) def. Mark Denenfeld (KZO-M) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. Tyler Carey (UMW) vs. Peter Rothstein (KZO-M) 2-6, 6-4, 4-0, unfinished
5. Will Apperson (UMW) def. Steve Hanselman (KZO-M) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Riley Baver (UMW) vs. Mike Korn (KZO-M) 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 3-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Donato Rizzolo/Evan Charles (UMW) def. Nate Eddy/Mark Denenfeld (KZO-M) 9-8 (8-6)
2. Steve Hanselman/Peter Rothstein (KZO-M) def. Alex Blakhin/Tyler Carey (UMW) 9-7
3. Kaleb Nguyen/Riley Baver (UMW) def. Alex Dombos/David DeSimone (KZO-M) 8-4
Match Notes
Kalamazoo College 13-12; Regional ranking #8
Mary Washington 16-12; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,5)
NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship - Second Round